POLICE have today (January 5) charged a second teenager with the murder of a father-of-two who was found bleeding in a back lane two days before Christmas.

David Scott suffered multiple stab wounds in a lane behind Rose Avenue, in the South Moor area of Stanley, County Durham, in the early hours of December 23.

A 16-year-old boy will appear at Dewentside Magistrate on Monday, January 7.

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On Thursday, January 3, another 16-year-old boy was charged with Mr Scott's murder.

He appeared via a video link from Hassockfield Secure Training Centre, near Consett at Newcastle Crown Court the following day.

A plea hearing will be held on March 22, with a trial date set provisionally for June 24.

Mr Scott, who was unemployed, lived in nearby South Stanley with his mother Janice Scott and his two young children, a boy aged five and a girl who turned seven on January 2.

The 33-year-old also had a large family in the South of England who had been left "torn apart" by his death.

Neither teenager can be named for legal reasons.